Your Luxuries, Our Floods

On Tuesday, December 5th, 2023, two luxury car dealerships were spray-painted in Auckland, New Zealand by the civil resistance group Restore Passenger Rail. The activists hurled red paint on the windows to the dealerships and sat down in front to await the police.

On their Twitter/X account, Restore Passenger Rail posted this: “Those buying obscenely expensive cars (up to $600,000+) are getting richer whilst fueling more floods, cyclones and droughts. Meanwhile, other people are struggling to pay their rent or dinner. This is not just.”

The RPR activists painted the phrase: “Your luxuries, our floods” on the window to one dealership in bright red, dripping paint. The result of the action was a powerful, nonviolent, visual expression of the rage of the activists against a system of extreme, murderous inequality and injustice.

One activist who used a fire hydrant filled with paint to redecorate the windows of the dealership had this to say about their action: “Why am I here? I’m here because of the injustice in society. The richest 10% are contributing to half of the emissions that are fueling climate breakdown. And the rest of us, we’re here suffering through the consequences of these luxury emissions. People have died right here in Tamaki Makaurau [Auckland, NZ] from flooding… flooding which is only getting worse because of the climate crisis. And I can’t stand by and just watch this happen. This is not the future that I want.”

The group said the following on Twitter/X about their goal: “What we wish for is safe, reliable and free public transport, cycle-friendly cities and affordable nationwide rail services. We want transport options that will not make the climate crisis worse.”


Restore Passenger Rail is a member of the A22 Network of civil resistance.

In Solidarity, Jon Tijerina



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Jon Tijerina


Jon Tijerina writes for the Daily Rebellion. He 's been arrested 14 times for civil disobedience to get government action on the climate crisis. He loves falafel, reading classics and spending time with good people. He lives in California.